Paul shows the new Christians in Corinth that all of life's most complex problems can be seen through the lens of the Gospel.
1 Corinthians challenges believers to examine every area of their lives through the lens of the Gospel. Specifically, Paul addresses divisions, food, sex, worship gatherings, and the resurrection.
The Hope of the Resurrection
In Paul's letter to the church in Corinth, he reminds followers of Jesus of a few core tenets of living righteously in community. Paul discusses sexual integrity, love for one another, and the importance of the resurrection. It's Jesus' resurrection that informs everything his followers do, giving them a foundation for unity and hope for victory over death.
The belief that Jesus was raised from the dead makes the Gospel more than moral advice or a recipe for private spirituality. It opens a whole new reality for every area of our lives.
A Jesus Community
The Church is not an opportunity for fame or popularity. It is to be a community of people centered around Jesus, whose teachers and leaders are all servants of Jesus.
Being a follower of Jesus involves sexual integrity. He is redeeming our bodies, and our physical actions reveal our response to his love and grace.
Paul gets at the heart behind Jewish food laws. God loved us when he died for us, and we should be willing to care for the wellbeing of others before ourselves.
Worship gatherings should be orderly, not distracting. When worshipers serve and act in love, other believers and visitors are built up and can hear from God.
This letter is anchored in the implications of the resurrection. It unifies, motivates sexual purity, empowers us to love, and gives us hope for victory over death.